Securus Technology paves the way for effective inmate rehabilitation

I recently read an inspiring article about a company called Securus Technologies which is a company that is changing the way we rehabilitate our incarcerated members of society. I say “members of society” because once released, these inmates are once again part of society and it’s important for us to accept them as people that have paid their dues and try to help them become productive contributors to our communities. 

Securus Technologies is on the cutting edge of providing intelligent inmate communication devices to corrections facilities across America. In fact the company just announced that their total amount of deployed devices to change the way people do inmate phone calls has reached over 84,000 units. These “communication devices” include advanced inmate tablets, video visitation kiosks, and their proprietary S-Phones. Through Securus’ software, inmates can register their technology and download the app via Google Play or the App Store.

I believe this BBB-accredited company is providing inmate communication services that truly help inmates become rehabilitated and better prepared culturally to reintegrate into society after their sentence has been completed. It’s also a great way for the family of these people to be able to more effectively communicate with their loved ones and help them through a difficult period. Some people could argue that jail and prison should be hard and terrible, but I believe that it should be more of a way to help these people change and only be separated from the garbage that initially placed them there. 

The devices that Securus provide are helping to educate these inmates both on the college level and with basics from the high school level. They also allow inmates to order their goods from the commissary and receive valuable entertainment that is necessary for relief and a sound mind. These devices are also equipped with software to help inmates find jobs when they are released. 

The Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies Richard A. Smith has a vision and goal for the company to distribute over 150,000 of these advanced communication devices to corrections facilities by the end of 2016. He says that they want “to help rehabilitate inmates, to reduce recidivism”. 

Providing this type of patented technology to inmates is a sure fire way to better rehabilitate our fallen members of society. I truly believe that this company has a solid vision for the future. I believe this will improve conditions within jails and prisons as well because inmates can be stimulated and more socially engaged. They can have a vision for their future outside of those walls, and can focus on obtaining a better future for themselves and their families.

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Gourmet Dog Food Gone Wild – Game Bird and Pacific Catch For Starters


Gourmet Pet Food is on the rise. The chatter in the dog parks is “Rah-ruh-raarh-rrarh,” translated into English, “eat-like-your-owner.” Dog food companies are not just improving the nutritional aspects of your pet’s meals, but improving the taste as well and enhancing the health benefits of each meal.

Recently reported by Craig Giammona in the Bloomberg News, pet food manufacturers are enhancing their products with fresh ingredients, vegetables, fruits, antioxidants, that turn every meal into a gourmet delight.

The Freshpet manufacturing chief, Michael Hieger, tasted a slice of their gourmet pet food replying, “Tastes just like Thanksgiving.” They tout their dog food is made with fresh ingredients with no preservatives added. Hieger’s impromptu tasting does say a lot for their gourmet dog chow. Many pet food companies have been offering lamb and salmon in their foods for several years now. Buyers should read the labels carefully as many gourmet foods need to be refrigerated and do have an expiration date.

Beneful brand of dog food has specially designed meals to help your pet lose weight and stay healthy. Nestle’s Purina’s website includes a section designed for the “picky-pet”. The owner only needs to complete the required information about their pet’s health, likes and dislikes, preferences, and Beneful prepares signature food designed to specification and ships the foods directly to your pet’s home.

Purina also has foods specially designed for the senior pet in the household, a puppy, or cat. The senior pet food has added nutritional value to keep the senior pet’s eyes bright, their coat healthy and shiny, adding that vigor they once had as a youngster for increased activity. Whatever your pet’s needs Purina has a specific category to fill the need with nutritional value and good taste.

Mars’ Cesar Home Delights has two specialty meals for your dog, and they are lasagna and beef stroganoff. These meals must be refrigerated, and the tagline for this meal is “he’ll have what you’re having.” Taking a peek into Milo’s Kitchen, recently acquiring Big Heart Pet Brands sells duck jerky and grilled beef burger dog treats. No added artificial flavors or colors.

Your pet will enjoy the experience of the new gourmet foods now available in Walmart.




Talk Fusion Makes Network Marketing Easier

When I started up my own business I was wondering how I would approach customers. I didn’t know if there would be anything that would help me get customers excited about the products that I had to offer. I was in graduate school at the time, and a female friend in my marketing class told me about Talk Fusion. I had never heard of this, but I figured that I could give it a try. I had nothing to lose.

Upon checking out the website I found that I was able to start using something call video email. I thought that this would be perfect for my newsletter. I was trying to reach customers with mass email marketing, and I knew that it had to be something special. People will open up email and delete if right away if it doesn’t look interesting. Some people don’t even waste time opening the email.

I knew that I could create something that was new and exciting with Talk Fusion.
I purchased the software application for this and my friend and I got to work on a newsletter. She recorded me as a talked about the product I was marketing. I thought that I would need her help setting up the newsletter because I am not very tech savvy. I was surprised to discover that it didn’t take a lot of technological know how to get my video email newsletter together. When I was finished with it I let my friend view it and she said that it was amazing. She knew about Talk Fusion from software applications like the video conferencing, but she had never seen the video email newsletter. She was highly impressed with this.

I was ready to start my marketing campaign with this new and improved newsletter. I believe that anyone that is trying to start a business will need to consider the benefits that come with Talk Fusion. This is a company that managed to build a great crowd. I love what the company has done, and I am considering even more of the software for my business.

Learn about Talk Fusion founder – Bob Reina:

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Sergio Cortes Looks at the Battle Against Zika Virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) says, since 1952, the Zika virus has been identified in humans, and the best way to stop transmission of the virus is by not getting bit by mosquitoes. Doesn’t exactly sound reassuring, and according to Dr. Sergio Cortes, one of the primary dangers of the disease is contracting Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Dr. Cortes offers a run-down of the disease on his blog and explains the danger of Guillain-Barré’s neurological complications. An autoimmune disease, Guillain-Barré can occur at any age, but is most common in people between 30 and 50 years of age. It usually follows a minor infection, but can result in nerve damage, causing tingling, muscle weakness and even paralysis. While there is no cure for Guillain-Barré syndrome, there are various treatments available to help diminish the severity of symptoms, and speed recovery.

Although most news reports describe the Zika virus in a haphazard manner, Dr. Cortes provides more methodical input on his official blog.

Zika Becoming A More Vexing Problem

First spotted in 1947 in Uganda, deep in the forest of Zika, the virus transmits by Aedes mosquitoes, sometimes called tiger mosquitoes: the same species that transmits three other tropical infections, Dengue, Yellow Fever and Chikungunya. Dr. Sergio Cortes says even more alarming, healthy mosquitoes undertake the virus by biting a zika-infected person, and go on to then infect healthy people.

Previously reported as a benign problem, Zika is now suspected to have caused an epidemic of birth defects in the French Polynesia in 2007 and 2013. By year-end 2013, approximately 55,000 people had been infected.

Pregnant Women Are Most Vulnerable

Pregnant women should be especially vigilant, and Dr. Sergio Cortes strongly recommends that pregnant women defer potential travel to affected countries. Symptoms have largely gone unnoticed in the vast majority of cases. Mild fever, headache, and body aches typically occur within 7 days of a mosquito bite, and typically manifest into rashes, conjunctivitis, swelling of the hands or feet, and muscle and joint pain.

Currently, there is no specific cure or vaccine for the virus. Just common drugs to help with pain and fever. Dr. Cortes points out that while you should not panic, everyone should protect themselves. Repellents, long-sleeved clothing, mosquito nets, and insect screens are just a few precautions to employ.

The latest Zika Virus updates can be found on Dr. Sergio Cortes’ official Facebook or LinkedIn page.

George Soros asserts that Global Markets Predicament is a Repeat of the 2008 Crisis

Recently, in an economic forum in Colombo, Sri Lanka, George Soros said that the current crisis in the global markets mirrored the 2008 crisis. He also added that the rest of the world was hurting from China’s devaluation of its currency. Soros cautioned investors to be wary of the global markets that are facing challenges. According to him, China is still struggling to establish a new growth model.

The sinking Yuan did not help the current concerns on the strength of the Chinese economy. The economy is shifting to consumption and services from its forte in manufacturing and investments. The global currency, stock markets as well as commodity markets had a dismal performance in the first week of the year. Close to $2.5 trillion was eroded from the value of global equities as losses extended in Asia with Chinese equities plunging further. According to Soros, China is facing a crisis that is arising from its adjustment problems.
Weaknesses remain in the second leading economy of the world despite of the authorities flooding the economy with billions of dollars. The People’s Bank of China has slashed interest rates but it has not achieved much from this monetary policy. However, China’s Communist Party has promised to raise the convertibility of the Yuan and continuously remove capital controls by 2020. The move comes as the major measures of volatility across the world surged.
From 1969 to 2011, George Soros’ hedge fund gained a yearly average of 20%. Bloomberg Billionaires Index estimates Soros’ net worth to be $27.3 billion. Soros established his investment career in the 50s in New York City. Over the years, he has earned a reputation due to his investment exploits. This information was reported on Bloomberg as explained in the link below
Soros’ two foundations; Open Society Institute and Open Society Foundation, were banned in Russia after the authorities claimed that the two were a threat to Russian security and the constitution. In a statement, the Office of Russia’s General Prosecutor said the two branches of Soros’ foundation would be put on a stop list. The list comprises of foreign non-governmental organizations whose initiatives are viewed as undesirable by Russia. The two organizations that were founded by billionaire Soros are pro-democracy charities. This information was mentioned on CNBC as highlighted in the following link
Soros established the Open Society Foundation in 1979 after his success in the investment world. According to him, the foundation is based on the realization that the world is naturally imperfect and improvement has to be made on what is imperfect. Open Society foundation aims to change authoritarian forms of government to open societies. Soros began his philanthropic activities by providing scholarships to black students in South Africa with the view of helping them pursue education at the University of Cape Town. This information was reported on as elucidated in the link below

Nealh Sec. Cortes Sets Up Shelters and Begins Testing

After torrential downpours and flooding in the Xerém, Duque de Caxias, Brazil region the Brazilian Health Ministry has sent State Sec. of Health Dr. Sergio Cortes. Dr. Sergio Cortes on a complete tour of the over flooded region. The Brazilian State Department of Health in conjunction with several dozen Epidemiological Surveillance teams have begun trading on cleaning up the contaminated waters rather than contributing to the spread of diseases like leptospirosis, hepatitis A and diarrhea. Sec. of Health Dr. Cortes also informed us on Linked In that the Aedes aegypti mosquito is the chiefly responsible for the spread of several types of viruses and diseases as well. Dr. Sergio Cortes and his teams in addition to being on the lookout for contaminated water to treat they also are working on depleting any standing waters left over after the deluge that may be contributing to the problem by creating a breeding ground for the this particular species of mosquito. Dengue fever, Yellow fever, the Chikungunya virus and the new and the particularly vicious Zika virus. As of late Dr. Sergio Cortes believes that there may actually be a link between the Zika virus and Microcephaly of very powerful neurological autoimmune disease that has caused over 4000 birth defects in Brazil since only October of last year. It seems that Brazil’s epicenter of the new breakout of the Zika virus. Dr. Sergio Cortes told us on twitter that 80% of the people show no symptoms when they have contracted the Zika virus. The other 20% of infected people usually only show very mild symptoms like fever, and some also aches. A recent article in Extra Global
details some of the work that Sec. Cortes and his teams have been doing to try to combat spread of diseases in the most heavily affected and flooded region of Brazil. The State Secretary Cortes and his teams have managed to open seven shelters with the premise of being able to help the local citizens by having 12 hydration stations in the capacity to serve 300 people per day. The resulting government is also so troops, National Guard and evaluation teams to help disperse bottles of water. They also working together to decontaminate freestanding waters found in the region. State Health Government agencies passed out 10,000 bottles of sodium hypochlorite it announced residence in team members alike to use them to help disinfect contaminated waters in the city. The Brazilian State Department of Health under the direction of Dr. Sergio Cortes also handed out over 3000 antibiotics outlets in the already gathering samples to the help combat these diseases.

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Premium Dog Foods Take The Industry By Storm

To see people tasting food in the finest of fine restaurants is nothing out of the ordinary. Gourmet restaurants do have to deliver the best possible morsels. Seeing a taste tester at a plant manufacturing dog food, well, that might come as a shock. Upon reading a recent Daily Herald article about premium dog food, discovering taste testers are used during the production phase ceases to be surprising. Their presence ends up being expected. Pet lovers who are not familiar with premium dog food brands should look at Beneful. Owned by Purina, Beneful is a perfect example of the type of pet food that is growing immensely in popularity. Beneful’s selections are comprised of ingredients designed to stand out from the more mundane selections on the Amazon market. Lamb, salmon, pasta, and tomatoes are among those interesting ingredients found in Beneful products. Beneful‘s selections are also designed to specific types of dogs. “Healthy Smile”, “Playful Life”, and “Growth for Puppies” are options for dog owners seeking something very specific in their pet’s nutrition. The number of pet owners hoping to give their dog something special at meal time is growing. This is evidenced by the surging sales numbers so many dog foods are experiencing. The sales of premium dog foods have grown tremendously since 2009 and those numbers do not look like they are going to slow down. In order to meet the demands of customers, retail stores are starting to stock up on large quantities of premium brands. Customers who otherwise would not wander in a specialty pet shop now have access to the food, buying premium pet selections is easier. This contributes to the increase in sales figures immensely. The quality that goes into selecting ingredients, properly cooking the meals, and taste testing portions further help with sales figures. Quality counts for a lot and this is why quality in an overarching theme in the manufacturing process. By delivering original recipes that come with a pleasing-to-dogs taste, gourmet brands greatly enhance their chances for success in the market. As current sales figures indicate, those sales figures are wildly impressive.

Getting Legal Help When Going through an Expensive Divorce

One of the main considerations that individuals have when they are thinking about divorce is the cost. They wonder how much they are going to have to pay for the divorce, how much they will have to pay in fees to an attorney, how much of their assets they will lose to their spouse, and how much it will cost for them to get their life back together. When a person starts calculating all of those things, they usually see that getting a divorce is pretty expensive. They may try to go about ways to see how they can avoid some costs of getting divorced, including not hiring a lawyer to help them. However, this usually proves to be unwise.

Even though it is true that a person can get a divorce without the help of a New York attorney, there are many benefits that a person will receive by working with a well-qualified attorney like Ross Abelow. He went to the Brooklyn Law school and has many years of experience in matrimonial and family law. During the first consultation with a New York attorney, a person will be able to receive legal advice about what steps they can take right now to begin divorce proceedings and what steps they can take to ensure that they will not have to deal with family lawsuits later on.

Divorce can be very complicated, especially when finances and children are involved. At first, a person may think that their divorce will go smooth and that all of the details can easily be worked out between the two marriage mates. However, as details are discussed, it is very common for a couple to not be able to agree. When they are not able to agree, the courts will step in and make decisions for them about their finances, custody of their children, and other matters. A wide variety of factors will be taken into consideration when making decisions for the couple. For example, if someone is at fault for the divorce, this may be taken into consideration. An at fault divorce would include a divorce that is occurring because one of the mates was absent for a long time, committed adultery, or was in some way abusive. A no-fault divorce usually involves irreconcilable differences.

Individuals in the New York area can speak with a divorce attorney like Ross Abelow. During the free consultation, they will get an idea of what steps they need to take when proceeding with the divorce. He has worked with many families and couples in the New York area and can help protect the rights and long-term interests of his clients.

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Nobilis Health Is Succeeding In The Current Economy

One area of the American economy that has been very successful over the years is healthcare. The advancements that have occurred in medicine are very beneficial to the industry as a whole. Companies in healthcare now have a greater variety of treatments that they can offer to patients. In addition, they are able to extend the lifespan of patients to later years. This means that the patients that come to them are increasingly older. Increasingly older patients tend to have increasingly more frequent, complex, and advanced treatment requirements. In turn, this means that healthcare companies are able to make very good profits and become very successful. Nobilis Health is an American healthcare company that has benefited from these good times for the healthcare industry. They do a lot of the highly advanced treatments that are available today. Nobilis Health specializes in the growing area of same day surgery. There is a vast variety of procedures that can be done in this rapid, less invasive fashion. In fact, even complex procedures that work with important internal organs can sometimes be done on an outpatient basis. They have a variety of different clinics for this that are located in different places in Texas and Arizona. They have a clinic located in Scottsdale, Arizona along with facilities that are in different parts of Texas. These clinics get very good business, and patients are very pleased with the results of their procedures. Nobilis Health has ownership of an inpatient surgical hospital in Bellaire, Texas. This hospital conducts procedures that involve a very high degree of complexity. Patients are able to stay in their hospital to recuperate from these advanced, highly complex procedures. Furthermore also shared that Nobilis Health also does work in another area of healthcare. They are owners of an urgent care facility. This facility provides top notch treatment for immediate health concerns. Their urgent care center is located in Spring, Texas, which is near Houston. The company is also showing signs of growth. This is reflected in the prices of their stocks. The stock prices for Nobilis Health have continued to rise over the course of time. People who are skilled in investing on Yahoo Finance say that choosing their stocks is a financially wise decision. In addition, Nobilis Health has expansion plans. They are going to start yet another Texas healthcare facility! Chances are given their track history, this new business venture will be extremely successful and profitable.

New York Real Estate Shifting To A Buyer’s Market According To The 4th Quarter Town Residential Market Analysis

The people selling their homes in New York City luxury real estate are not getting nervous about home prices even though a 4th quarter Town Residential market analysis indicates that some buyers are not signing on the dotted line as quickly as they did in 2014. Town Residential is one of the largest companies in the luxury real estate market in New York. Founder and CEO Andrew Heiberger said Manhattan is experiencing a larger gap between development sales and recent trends, but for the most part, Manhattan prices are still increasing.

Wendy Maitland, President of Sales for Town Residential said there were more than 7,900 units for sale in Manhattan as of December 30, 2015, and more than 2,000 of those units were priced below $2 million. She also said 493 units in Manhattan were priced about $10 million. The average price of a co-op the last quarter of 2015 was more than $1,200,000, and that was almost a 5 percent increase over the third quarter. Condos averaged more than $1,700,000 and the price per square foot was more than $1,600 which is a 13 percent increase over the same period in 2014.

According to the analysis, the real estate market in New York hasn’t stopped increasing even though the third quarter market was soft. The Town Residential analysis just confirms what agents and brokers already know. The demand for real estate in New York hasn’t peaked. Some buyers may be price conscious at the lower price points, but the buyers in the luxury market are still willing to pay what the market demands.

With an average sale price of almost $2 million, New York may be the most expensive real estate markets in the country. But most buyers already thought it was even though San Francisco real estate prices, are higher when the square foot size is the same.